Satisfaction, quality of life and lumbar pain following laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy: Suture vs. tackers - Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the operative results and rate of complications, in particular dorsolumbar pain, following laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LS) using sutures or tackers.

STUDY DESIGN: A case-control study: LS using tackers (n=35, tacker group) compared with LS using sutures (n=65, suture group). In addition to clinical evaluation of prolapse, all patients were evaluated for urinary incontinence (ICIQ-SF), dorsolumbar pain, overall quality of life (SF-36 score), and overall improvement in symptoms (PGI-I), one year after LS.

RESULTS: The patient characteristics (age, initial stage of prolapse,…) were comparable in the two groups, as was operating time (240 vs. 210min, p=0.18). There was no significant between-group difference in terms of anatomical correction (median post-operative ICS stage: 0 in both groups, p=0.26) or post-operative complication rates. The incidence of de novo low back pain appearing after LS was equivalent in both groups (50% vs. 25%, in the tacker and suture groups, respectively, p=0.11). However, there was a significant difference in lumbar pain intensity evaluated using the visual analog scale (4 (IQR 0-6.5) vs. 0 (IQR 0-4) in the tacker and suture groups, respectively; p=0.01), and in post-operative quality of life, which was better in patients in the suture group according to all the questionnaires.

CONCLUSION: Our study suggests that the use of tackers for prosthesis fixation to the promontory does not increase the incidence of post-operative dorsolumbar pain, but may increase its intensity and decrease quality of life.

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Vieillefosse S, Thubert T, Dache A, Hermieu JF, Deffieux X.   Are you the author?
AP-HP, Service de Gynécologie-Obstétrique et Médecine de la Reproduction, Hôpital Antoine Béclère, Clamart 92141, France.

Reference: Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2015 Apr;187:51-6.
doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2015.02.014

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PMID: 25748488 Trauma & Reconstruction Section